Saturday September 1, 2012 Day 3 Finished The Liberty Stadium

Swansea City 2 - 2 Sunderland

  • Routledge 45’
  • Michu 66’
  • Fletcher 40’, 45’

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Swansea City
    • Sunderland
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    • 90+3' It is all over. A 2-2 draw between these two sides. Sunderland probably fortunate to escape with a point.
    • 90+2' Tate makes a timely block from the shot by Campbell as Swansea dozed off. A rare meaningful attack by Sunderland.
    • 89' We are into four minutes of time added on in this match.
    • 88' De Guzman can apply the pressure from a corner, but Gardner is on hand to head clear. Sunderland yet to earn a corner in this match.
    • 87' Sunderland needlessly concede a corner from Vorm's long clearance from the back. Appalling defending by Sunderland.
    • 86' De Guzman holding the ball up well out wide. Swansea with all of the ball despite being a man down. Content to hang onto it.
    • 85' Most of the home fans remain firmly in their seats here. Still chasing top spot in the table if they can come up with a winner in the next few minutes.
    • 84' Dyer shanks a shot wide of goal with Sunderland being pressed back deep in their box. The 10 men piling bodies forward.
    • 83' Swansea looking the likelier side here as the visitors scramble the corner clear. Sunderland would probably be happy with a point here.
    • 82' Change for Sunderland as Sessegnon is replaced by Fraizer Campbell.
    • 81' Larsson forced to close down the cross of De Guzman. That will be a corner to the home side.
    • 80' McClean tries to drive to the byline, but nobody following in for the cross. Easy, easy cross for Vorm to come and collect.
    • 79' Swansea continue to keep the ball against the 11 men. All very neat and tidy from the home side before McClean breaks up the play in the middle of the park.
    • 78' The referee Roger East is making his Premier League debut today. Has not been an easy one to handle.
    • 77' Vorm comes out to collect a loose ball. Poor stuff from Sunderland really. Yet to make this one-man advantage pay off.
    • 76' Michu is going to depart to be replaced by the South Korean Ki.
    • 75' Looks like there is going to be another change coming here for Swansea with Ki Sung-Yueng getting ready to come on.
    • 74' Sunderland will be slightly relieved here. They were struggling against 11 men. This might help them out. This match could still go either way.
    • 73' Alan Tate replaces Routledge for the 10-man Swansea side.
    • 72' Michu has scored his fourth Premier League goal of the season, extending his record as the outright top scorer in the division.
    • 71' Larsson looking for O'Shea on the run in the box. Comes off the top off his head, but drops behind for a goalkick to the home side.
    • 70' Looked to be mininmal contact with the head of Saha. That was a contentious moment. Swansea will need to see this one out a man down.
    • 69' A RED CARD FOR CHICO FLORES! Swansea down to 10 men here. He catches Saha with a late challenge. Referee thought it was a kick off the ball.
    • 68' Sunderland just can't seem to get out of their own half here. Astonishing really that they have not been able to apply any pressure.
    • 67' Fletcher departs to be replaced by Louis Saha. Not sure if he is injured, but there will be no hat-trick today.
    • 66' Can't really say that goal wasn't coming. Swansea have been turning the screw and their pressure brings about the equaliser.
    • 65' GOAL! Michu scores for Swansea! We are level at 2-2. De Guzman with the ball into the box and the pace of the header leaves Mignolet with no chance.
    • 64' Steven Fletcher is the first debutant to score twice on his Sunderland debut. The only player in Premier League history to score a hat trick on their debut for a club was Fabrizio Ravanelli for Middlesbrough v Liverpool in 1996.
    • 63' Garnder makes a brilliant tackle to stop Graham from getting a free shot at goal. Lovely build-up play by Michu again.
    • 62' Mignolet comes to punch clear De Guzman's corner before Michu sees a header bounce into the ground and just narrowly clear the bar. So close.
    • 61' Johnson tailing Routledge. Fine tackle but a corner to the home side - their fourth corner of the match.
    • 60' Nathan Dyer has now got three assists and two goals this season. His total of five is the equal-most in the division, level with Eden Hazard.
    • 59' This game really coming to life after a fairly tepid opening 30 minutes or so.
    • 58' Mignolet dives to make a fine stop from the free-kick by De Guzman. Superb free-kick. Swansea can't force home the rebound as Sunderland scramble the ball clear.
    • 57' A clear foul by Chico on McClean with his studs showing. O'Neill right to be unhappy with that challenge as no free-kick is awarded before Swansea earn a free-kick at the other end.
    • 56' McClean on the ground, and Martin O'Neill is furious about something or other.
    • 55' Fletcher keeps the ball in out wide, but he gives the ball to Swansea, who are looking to attack here.
    • 54' Williams has been booked for a late tackle on Fletcher. Almost let the foward in for another run at goal.
    • 53' Swansea collecting the ball in the Sunderland half. Cuellar with a header out of the area from Dyer. Decent movement by Swansea.
    • 52' Lovely delivery by Rangel, but Michu just fails to get the cross under control in the area. Sunderland clear the danger.
    • 51' New Swansea signing Ki Sung-Yueng watching the action from the bench. Wonder if he will get a taste of the action later on.
    • 50' Sunderland certainly starting this second half looking to get on the ball. Lovely flick by Fletcher, but Sessegnon had gone the wrong way.
    • 49' Britton lifts a volley miles over the bar after De Guzman had thrown over a corner. Poor stuff really by him.
    • 48' Swansea being very patient in their build-up. Meyler forced to knock the ball behind for a corner after a driven cross by Rangel.
    • 47' Steven Fletcher scored again. It was his fourth ever Premier League double and first since he netted twice against Sunderland for Wolves in December 2011. He has never scored a Premier League hat trick.
    • 46' Swansea get the second half off and running at the Liberty Stadium.
    • 45+7' A 2-1 lead for Sunderland at the break. All to play for in the second period. Think it was Seb Larsson with the delivery from the free-kick for the goal.
    • 45+6' GOAL! Fletcher grabs his second goal of the game. Superb but simple finish at the back post after Vorm failed to come for a free-kick. Appeals for offside, but the referee rightly says no. A 2-1 lead for Sunderland.
    • 45+5' Fletcher seemed to be shoved in the back by Rangel in the box from Sessegnon's cross. Not much of an appeal for a penalty.
    • 45+4' Wayne Routledge scored only his ever Premier League goal, and first at home. His only other goal in the division came in Swansea’s 2-0 victory at Aston Villa on January 2.
    • 45+3' Steven Fletcher also scored in his last visit to Swansea - in Wolves’ 4-4 draw there on April 28. He will need another one today if his side are going to pick up three points from this one.
    • 45+1' GOAL! Routledge pounces in the first minute of time added on to bring Swansea level. Superb pass by Dyer to split open the Sunderland defence. A thumping finish. 1-1.
    • 44' We are into six minutes of time added to the first half.
    • 43' We are hearing there is going to be six minutes added to this half due to the injury to Taylor and the bit of treatment Cattermole needed.
    • 42' McClean drifts in at the back post. Sends a volley crashing over the bar from Sessegnon's cross. Brilliant effort. Almost a second goal for Sunderland.
    • 41' The away fans looking in the mood to party as Davies sends an attempted cross spinning over the bar from out wide.
    • 40' First real chance of the match. Sunderland's first shot of the match brings them a goal. He starts to repay that £12 million fee by scoring on his league debut for the club.
    • 39' GOAL! Fletcher scores for Sunderland. Lovely finish by the Scotland forward. Williams makes an error trying a passback and Fletcher picks up before beating Vorm. Brilliant finish.
    • 38' Davies collects the ball out wide, but buries the cross straight over the bar. Poor, poor delivery. Sums up how this first period has unfolded.
    • 37' A change coming here for Sunderland as Cattermole departs to be replaced by Meyler. Bit of a blow then for the Black Cats to lose their skipper to injury. A dead leg for him.
    • 36' Game really crying out for a goal here. All very congested on the edge of that Sunderland box. Michu's shot is blocked by O'Shea.
    • 35' Vorm probably happy enough to get a touch of the ball. Has had little else to do in this match. Neither has Mignolet right enough.
    • 34' Johnson tries to pick out McClean on the run, but just overcooks the pass. A goalkick to the home side that Vorm launches down the pitch.
    • 33' Cattermole has gone to ground, and has signalled to the bench that he needs a spot of treatment. Quite a warm day out there.
    • 32' Swansea finding life a little trickier here after shredding QPR and West Ham United in their previous two outings. Sunderland haven't turned up to get pasted here.
    • 31' Gardner heads the ball out of play for a corner to Swansea after Rangel had tossed over the cross. Cuellar rises to head away the corner by De Guzman.
    • 30' Cattermole is getting a talking to by the referee after hauling back Routledge as he tried to make up some ground.
    • 29' Sunderland yet to manage a shot at goal. Plenty of possession for Swansea without actually troubling the visiting goal.
    • 28' Williams wallops the ball miles into the stand after McClean's touch had betrayed him on the run out wide. Poor stuff from the young Irish winger.
    • 27' Graham heads the ball into Michu's path. He tired to tee up Dyer, but Sunderland whack the danger clear. All very tight in that midfield. Not much room to get going.
    • 26' Fletcher has hardly had a sniff so far. Routledge seems determined to try to run the legs off Gardner out wide.
    • 25' Colback and McClean doing well to crowd Britton out of the action. Decent work by that Sunderland rearguard.
    • 24' De Guzman throws the free-kick deep to the back post, but Mignolet is out of his goal quickly to palm away the cross. Game still trying to settle down after that wretched Taylor injury.
    • 23' Gardner is going to pick up a booking here after taking down Routledge with a late diving challenge.
    • 22' Gardner being booed by the home fans, but he was completely blameless in the Taylor incident. You don't like to see that sort of thing.
    • 21' Dyer tries to lift the ball over Mignolet from 25 yards out, but can only dink the ball into the keeper's hands.
    • 20' Change for the home side with Ben Davies taking over from the injured Neil Taylor.
    • 19' Johnson swings in the free-kick from out wide, but Mignolet comes from his goal to collect the loose ball.
    • 18' Taylor being applauded off the park by the Sunderland players and the the entire ground. On we go then with action.
    • 17' A change coming here for Swansea after Taylor departs the action. A bit of a hold-up here in the proceedings. Gardner looks a bit concerned about the whole situation.
    • 16' Looks like Taylor has suffered a knee injury. A bad one. The stretcher is coming on. This is a real tragedy for the young Swansea defender.
    • 15' Gardner clearly blocked by Taylor. A rash tackle and it looks like Taylor has suffered a bad one. He is down and in need of treatment.
    • 14' Johnson clattered late from behind by Taylor. Sunderland trying to grap a foothold in the Swansea half here.
    • 13' Martin O’Neill saw his side pick up 22 points from his first 10 games in charge, but they have pocketed just 13 in their last 15 Premier League outings.
    • 12' Vorm gets his first touch of the ball after 12 minutes. To say the Swansea keeper has been underworked so far would be generous. Sunderland yet to drive forward with any realy momentum.
    • 11' Martin O'Neill doesn't really do sitting down. He is as animated as his team so far. Rangel chips a disappointing cross into the arms of Mignolet.
    • 10' Taylor tries to join the party from 25 yards out, but sends a left foot effort spinning wide of the goal. That prompts Laudrup to get off his chair in the technical area.
    • 9' Swansea sitting second top of the Premier League table as we stand. Only two points behind Chelsea, who were demolished 4-1 by Atletico Madrid in the European Super Cup final last night.
    • 8' Swansea break up the park. Great burst of pace from Dyer. Fires the shot at goal, but it deflects safely into the arms of Mignolet in the Sunderland goal.
    • 7' McClean on the run for the visiting side. Tries to throw in the cross, but that is decent defending by Rangel to make sure he can't get the ball into the box.
    • 6' Sunderland have failed to score in six of their last eight Premier League matches.
    • 5' Swansea keeping the ball with some relish here. Taylor swings over the cross, but nodded away again. All Swansea at the moment. Sunderland content to let the home side play in front of them.
    • 4' Routledge seemed to be felled by Gardner in the visiting box, but the referee decides otherwise. That was a hairy moment for the Black Cats. Looked to be contact. They get away with it.
    • 3' De Guzman swings in the corner, but knocked away by Sunderland before Cuellar rises to head out a cross seconds later. The home side opening up on the front foot.
    • 2' Routledge immediately on the run down his left flank before the home side earn an early corner with Larsson blocking off Dyer.
    • 1' Sunderland get the action off and running. Home fans in a vocal mood. Perhaps no surprise there.
    • 14.57 Teams on their way out. Swansea in white, Sunderland in blue. Pitch looking immaculate. Chance for both teams to get the ball on the deck and knock it around.
    • 14.55 Odds for today's match: Swansea (6/5), Sunderland (8/3), Draw (37/15)
    • 14.50 Sunderland have won none of their last eight Premier League away games drawing four and losing four. The Black Cats have failed to score in five of their last eight league games on the road.
    • 14.45 Sunderland have won only one of the last eight league games against Swansea - winning one, drawing three and losing four. Swansea failed to score in both Premier League games against Sunderland last season, one of four teams the Swans failed to breach last term in league competition.
    • 14.40 Michael Laudrup (Swansea): "Winning breeds confidence. The fans around the city are happy and that’s important because football is about emotions and dreams. But we can’t stop now after two games, we must continue the progress we have made and take it into the weekend. To win on Saturday, going into the international break, would be a fantastic start and right now we are very happy with where we are at.”
    • 14.35 Martin O'Neill (Sunderland manager): "Swansea going brilliantly. Perhaps with losing the manager and a player or two, they might have been in initial tumoil, but far from it - they`ve picked up where they left off last season. Their manager I know from a long distance away - he was a fantastic player and seems to have galvanized the club and kept things going. Going away anywhere is difficult and it`s a tough time to play Swansea because they`re absolutely cock-a-hoop."
    • 14.30 Adam Johnson and Steven Fletcher are both handed Premier League debuts for Sunderland at Swansea. The pair, who signed for the Black Cats a week ago, started Tuesday night's Capital One Cup second round victory over Morecambe and retain their places for the game at the Liberty Stadium. Phil Bardsley (ankle), Wes Brown (knee) and David Vaughan (ankle) remain on the sidelines, while Ahmed Elmohamady has joined Hull on loan.
    • 14.25 Swansea name an unchanged side from the team that beat West Ham United 3-0 in the Premier League last week. New signing Ki Sung-Yueng is on the bench after the former Celtic midfielder made his debut in the win over Barnsley in the League Cup second round. On-loan Kaiserslautern striker Itay Shechter is also on the bench, but £6 million club record signing Pablo Hernandez from Valencia wasn't registered in time to be included for the match.
    • 14.20 Sunderland: Simon Mignolet, Lee Cattermole (capt), Sebastian Larsson, Craig Gardner, Jack Colback, John O'Shea, Adam Johnson, James McClean, Carlos Cuellar, Steven Fletcher, Stephane Sessegnon..subs: Fraizer Campbell, Fraizer Campbell, Matthew Kilgallon, Dong-Won Ji, David Meyler, Titus Bramble, Keiren Westwood, Louis Saha.
    • 14.20 Teams: Swansea: Michel Vorm, Angel Rangel, Chico Flores, Ashley Williams (capt), Neil Taylor, Leon Britton, Jonathan de Guzman, Michu, Nathan Dyer, Wayne Routledge, Danny Graham..subs: Gerhard Tremmel, Alan Tate, Ben Davies, Kemy Agustien, Ki Sung-Yueng, Itay Shechter, Luke Moore
    • 14.15 Good afternoon and welcome to LIVE coverage of Swansea City against Sunderland from the Premier League.
  • Summary

    • 84' Dyer shanks a shot wide of goal with Sunderland being pressed back deep in their box. The 10 men piling bodies forward.
    • 69' A RED CARD FOR CHICO FLORES! Swansea down to 10 men here. He catches Saha with a late challenge. Referee thought it was a kick off the ball.
    • 65' GOAL! Michu scores for Swansea! We are level at 2-2. De Guzman with the ball into the box and the pace of the header leaves Mignolet with no chance.
    • 63' Garnder makes a brilliant tackle to stop Graham from getting a free shot at goal. Lovely build-up play by Michu again.
    • 62' Mignolet comes to punch clear De Guzman's corner before Michu sees a header bounce into the ground and just narrowly clear the bar. So close.
    • 58' Mignolet dives to make a fine stop from the free-kick by De Guzman. Superb free-kick. Swansea can't force home the rebound as Sunderland scramble the ball clear.
    • 45+6' GOAL! Fletcher grabs his second goal of the game. Superb but simple finish at the back post after Vorm failed to come for a free-kick. Appeals for offside, but the referee rightly says no. A 2-1 lead for Sunderland.
    • 45+1' GOAL! Routledge pounces in the first minute of time added on to bring Swansea level. Superb pass by Dyer to split open the Sunderland defence. A thumping finish. 1-1.
    • 42' McClean drifts in at the back post. Sends a volley crashing over the bar from Sessegnon's cross. Brilliant effort. Almost a second goal for Sunderland.
    • 39' GOAL! Fletcher scores for Sunderland. Lovely finish by the Scotland forward. Williams makes an error trying a passback and Fletcher picks up before beating Vorm. Brilliant finish.
    • 8' Swansea break up the park. Great burst of pace from Dyer. Fires the shot at goal, but it deflects safely into the arms of Mignolet in the Sunderland goal.
    • 4' Routledge seemed to be felled by Gardner in the visiting box, but the referee decides otherwise. That was a hairy moment for the Black Cats. Looked to be contact. They get away with it.
    • 14.20 Sunderland: Simon Mignolet, Lee Cattermole (capt), Sebastian Larsson, Craig Gardner, Jack Colback, John O'Shea, Adam Johnson, James McClean, Carlos Cuellar, Steven Fletcher, Stephane Sessegnon..subs: Fraizer Campbell, Fraizer Campbell, Matthew Kilgallon, Dong-Won Ji, David Meyler, Titus Bramble, Keiren Westwood, Louis Saha.
    • 14.20 Teams: Swansea: Michel Vorm, Angel Rangel, Chico Flores, Ashley Williams (capt), Neil Taylor, Leon Britton, Jonathan de Guzman, Michu, Nathan Dyer, Wayne Routledge, Danny Graham..subs: Gerhard Tremmel, Alan Tate, Ben Davies, Kemy Agustien, Ki Sung-Yueng, Itay Shechter, Luke Moore
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      Goalkeeper
      7.9 6
      Defenders
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      Red Card 7.4 5
      Yellow Card 7.3 5
      Substitution Out20′ 6.6 6
      Midfielders
      5.8 7
      5.5 7
      Goal Substitution Out79′ 8.7 7
      Strikers
      7.5 7
      Goal Substitution Out73′ 6.8 7
      7 7
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      Substitution In73′ 7 6
      Substitution In79′ 4.8 6
      Substitution In20′ 6.9 6
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      7.2 6
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      7.3 5
      7.8 5
      7.2 5
      Strikers
      Substitution Out84′ 6.5 5
      Goals ×2 Substitution Out67′ 6.7 8
      Subs
      Substitution In67′ 5.8 6
      Substitution In39′ 6.4 5
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  1. Think Swansea are going to be a good team this year but­ fair play to the "Mackems" we held them to a­ draw on their own turf.

    From AnthonyK, on Fri 7 Sep 23:29
  2. Comment 54 k :- swansea city are not a dirty team, if­ you have seen them play, you will know they are­ targeted by alot of players.

    From Alan, on Wed 5 Sep 6:46
  3. HAHA well lost you Blek kets ...........howay the­ lads !

    From JohnnyGurkha, on Mon 3 Sep 2:47
  4. Swansea are a dirty team,

    From K, on Sun 2 Sep 8:56
  5. CaMORON, yeah right,you know as much as Baloney !! Lets­ look at it another way,Swansea have been in good form,­ yet couldnt beat the Mighty Mackems on their own patch­ !! Fletch scored two, a decent away point again !!

    From Joseph, on Sat 1 Sep 17:25
  6. CaMORON, yeah right,you know as much as Baloney !!

    From Joseph, on Sat 1 Sep 17:19
  7. Fortunate to escape with a point; you do surprise me.

    From cameron, on Sat 1 Sep 17:16
  8. Wheres Baloney with his predictions ,Ha Ha , what #$%$­ !!

    From Joseph, on Sat 1 Sep 17:15
  9. Why oh why do we not see out games we are winning. If­ we were so bad (according to yahoo commentary ) how­ come we were 2 - 1 up? Watching football since i was 8­ still don't understand!

    From Thomas, on Sat 1 Sep 17:11
  10. Don't know why comentator said Sunderland fortunate­ escape with a point when i see Swansea played with 10­ players or did i miss something???

    From Anonymous, on Sat 1 Sep 17:04
  11. Good game, lads - fair result... Let's keep the­ undefeated season going...

    From Mark Cohen, on Sat 1 Sep 17:00
  12. come on Black Cats .............come on Andy­ Carroll...........COYI

    From uglytroll, on Sat 1 Sep 16:45
  13. come on Sunderland lets finish this­ of.......................

    From john ward, on Sat 1 Sep 16:44
  14. CHICO ? Who's that CHICO? Or is he Chico­ buarque,the brazilan singer?

    From Le frog From france, on Sat 1 Sep 16:44
  15. Let's match their Ki with a Ji!

    From Mark Cohen, on Sat 1 Sep 16:43
  16. MICHU is in da house! He's the Man!!!

    From Matias Kris, on Sat 1 Sep 16:35
  17. RED CARD :O

    From Starwarsrox10, on Sat 1 Sep 16:34
  18. Come on Swansea!!!!

    From Tony Vulture, on Sat 1 Sep 16:32
  19. Awwww, no...Now we have to score again - come on,­ McClean!

    From Mark Cohen, on Sat 1 Sep 16:32
  20. GOAL! Michu scores for Swansea! We are level at 2-2. De­ Guzman with the ball into the ball and the pace of the­ header leaves Mignolet with no chance. "Ball into­ the ball"? WTFLIP?

    From Starwarsrox10, on Sat 1 Sep 16:31
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